Yacht Purser Courses

Yacht Purser Courses are available for purchase individually and as a full curriculum package. 

(Only upon successful completion of the FULL course, will the accredited certificate be issued)

Students must have a good understanding of the English language, both written and verbal and be at least 25 years of age. Minimum of two years in a senior position on-board a yacht, experience within luxury hospitality/villa management. A cv will be required as proof of experience and eligibility.

Module #1
Purser Crew Course

This module will provide you with an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Yacht Purser and provide tools to implement, organise, and manage the Purser administrations and secretarial duties. Crew related issues will be addressed to include contracts, insurance and visas. The role of the Purser in Muster Duties, emergencies and threats.

  • Purser duties and responsibilities

  • Reporting to shore-based management & hierarchy onboard
  • Implementation, organisation & management of Yacht Operations and administrations

  • Familiarisation of the STCW convention with relevant chapters and Certificate of Competency

  • Pre-employment procedures
  • Crew employment administrations

  • Management of crew files and training plans
  • Crew salaries, holiday accrual and calculations there-of

  • Crew Insurance

  • Relevant visas

  • The Purser’s role in muster duties, yacht operations and administrations

  • Guest safety induction and welcome pack
Module #2
Port Clearance Course

This module will provide you with an understanding of how to implement, organise and manage Port Clearance Procedures.

  • Port clearance process and requirements

  • Steps to perform a Port Clearance
  • Port Clearance documentation

  • The role and functions of a Port Agent

  • Customs and immigration procedures

  • Paris MoU and eNOAD
  • Departure procedures

Module #3
Purser Maritime Course

This module is designed to give you an understanding of the Maritime Structure, Conventions and codes. Understanding of the role & control of Flag States, compliance and Port State Control. Familiarisation of vessel insurance and liabilities.

  • The structure of the maritime organisation – UN, IMO, ILO

  • Familiarisation of all relevant IMO and ILO conventions – SOLAS, STCW, MARPOL and MLC 2006

  • The role and duties of flag state. UNCLOS

  • Classification society and Recognised Organisations
  • Understanding of port state control

  • Vessel compliance
  • Understanding of flag influence within yacht regulations

  • Vessel Insurance

  • Legalities – UK Legal  system, Maritime Law overview, Liability
Module #4
Purser Financial Management

This module will provide you with an understanding of the importance of accurate financial management. Basic accounting principles, purchase orders, bookkeeping, budgeting, account plans, reporting and VAT.

  • System settings, ranks and cost centers
  • Credit card and cash accounts
  • Reconcilliations
  • Invoices and payments
  • Requests, orders and approvals
  • Budgeting and reporting
  • APA
Module #5
Purser Charter Course

This module will provide an understanding of the charter process, agreements and accounts involved, along with the social aspects, communication & cultural differences.

  • Understanding the charter history and process
  • Familiarisation of charter agreements
  • Understanding the MYBA agreement and content
  • Charter accounts
  • VAT and its influence
    • Chartering in the EU
    • ICE/FCE
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • How to resolve misunderstandings and complaints
    • Yachts engaged in Trade
  • Transport Contracts
Module #6

This module will provide you with an understanding of the Voly accounting platform. The system is designed to meet the requirements of yacht owners and family offices, management companies and users. Every aspect of the system is designed to save time and drive efficiencies whilst maintaining accurate financial accounts, whether for a single asset or a multi-asset fleet.

  • System settings, ranks & cost centers
  • Credit card & cash accounts
  • Reconcilliations
  • Invoices & payments
  • Requests, orders & approvals
  • Budgeting & Reporting
  • APA
  • Voly Mobile
Module #7
Deep Blue Management Software

This module will provide you with a good understanding of this fully integrated management software program. 

Working through the intuitive modules providing the Purser with tools and system knowledge to effectively manage the day to day operations onboard.

  • Crew details 
  • Leave
  • Hours of Work and Rest – MLC compliant
  • Crew and Guest Lists
  • Accounting including payroll, quotes, approval process, bank & cash accounts
  • Reporting
  • Interface settings and permissions
Module #9
Total SuperYacht

Within this module you will gain familiarity of this software which uses a modern interface to make ISM reporting seamless and easy.

  • ISM Worklists
  • ISM Reporting
  • Postion Reports
  • Passage Planning
  • Risk Assessments
  • Medical Reports
  • Certificate Tracker
Module #8
Purser Destination Management Course

Within this module, you will gain an understanding of the importance of thorough research and reconnaissance; ways to present information to guests; the logistics involved with guest arrival and on-going guest well-being. You will also understand how to forecast & manage crew requirements, health, safety & wellbeing at destinations, planned maintenance, audits, surveys, activities, excursions and events for guests. You will gain an understanding of the environmental impact of yachting, cultural & compliance considerations, the importance of communication for the vessel and crew and, we will also look at the import & export consideration of art onboard.

  • The importance of research and reconnaissance
  • How to present information to guests
  • Understanding the logistics with guest trips
  • How to enhance everyday activities
  • Communication
  • Itinerary planning
  • Vessel logistics
  • Crew considerations
  • Planned maintenance
  • Events
  • Environmental considerations